Kaneria rubbishes ''match fixing'' reports

LONDON: Danish Kaneria, the Pakistanís leg spinner, has rejected reports that he is under investigation over his involvement in a cricket betting scandal while playing for English county side Es+++.

Kaneria, who has been Es+++''s key player for several years, said that he has always played his cricket honestly, adding that such reports are tarnishing his image.

"My cricketing career is completely unstained and I''m surprised at such allegations," said Kaneria, who is Pakistan''s most successful Test spinner of all time.

According to reports appeared in British media, the UK Police is investigating Pakistani leg spinner Danish Kaneria, who plays for English county team Es+++, for his involvement in a cricket betting scandal.

Kaneria and another Es+++ player are to be probed following incidents in one-day matches last summer.

The England and Wales Cricket Board suddenly issued a brief statement from Es+++ Police on Friday evening stating that inquiries are currently being conducted into the actions of two Es+++ players in a match last season.

"Following allegations received about two Es+++ county cricket players involved in match irregularities, we have initiated an investigation and are working closely with Es+++ County Cricket Club and the English Cricket Board," the statement said

Kaneria is missing the start of the county season with Es+++, the official reason being he is playing in a domestic tournament at home. His future at Es+++ is now in doubt, The Sun reports.

The other player, a lower-profile member of the staff who is not featuring in the opening championship match against Hampshire, will almost certainly be released if found guilty.

The suggestion is the players did not actively throw matches but manipulated passages of play by bowling poorly or sending down no balls or wides, the paper said.

Es+++ has known about the allegations for a month, but was shocked when they became public, it added.

The ECB said: "As this is an ongoing Police investigation there will be no further comment while the investigation is underway."